You’ve been told time and time again that following up on an application is very important. But what about the details – Do I go in person? Should I call? Email?
Following up face to face can be nerve racking, but can also be extremely valuable.
Kelly commented on our job seeker blog with some helpful advice:
“As a former employer, I would agree that following up is essential. When submitting an application in person - only submit your application to the hiring manager and do so during non-peak hours of business (meaning between the hours of 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. for restaurants and Mon-Wed before 4 p.m. retail- unless there are specific holiday sales). If the hiring manager is not available, ask when they will be and bring your application back then. Be sure to be dressed in interview attire, because even if the manager doesn't have time to interview you right then - They will remember if you showed up looking like you just rolled out of bed! I know that it sounds silly, but it works!”
You should really use your best judgement on the ideal way to follow up. If you are taking Kelly’s advice and following up in-person, be sure to bring copies of your resume and references with you. It is better to be too prepared than not prepared at all! If you are able to speak to a hiring manager when you go in, treat it as a job interview. A smile, eye contact and confidence will take you far.
Remember, if a company specifically requests in the posting that you not contact them, leave them alone. Other than that, it’s fair game!